It's December, and I have a feeling that at some point this month, you're going to be tempted to put your goals on hold. No judgment! I just ask that you show yourself some self-compassion, especially right now. It's not easy under non-pandemic circumstances to stay on track during the holiday season. Expecting things to be different this year without having a plan is a surefire way to add stress to your life. I KNOW you don't need that right now. 🙅🏽♀️
Let me help.
There's a 7-word question that will help you finish the year feeling strong and in control.
Even better, it will help you build momentum into 2021.
Here it is:
"How will I feel about this tomorrow?"
EVERY TIME you are faced with a temptation that will pull you off track with your health and fitness goals, pause and ask yourself this question.
Hear me out. Taking a moment to check in with yourself doesn't mean that you can't enjoy your holiday favorites. The key is to be intentional about your choices; answering this question for yourself will help you do exactly that.
It's SO MUCH EASIER to stay on-track than it is to get BACK on track.
According to the Her365 Fitness glossary of terms, the phrase
"staying on track" means saying 'yes' more often to choices that align with your goals.
Moving into 2021 feeling energized starts first with your mindset around the choices you make. Pausing to ask yourself the question above may not stop you from choosing to indulge, but it does allow you a moment to:
be aware/pay attention to the choice you're facing;
acknowledge that your choice aligns/does not align with your goals and explore how that makes you feel;
decide how you will reward yourself for choosing to stay on track.
Reminder: Exercise is not punishment, and food is not a reward.
💡 Here are some additional suggestions for staying in control this season:
🍎 Skip the grocery store desserts and snack on fresh fruit or some nuts instead in between holiday meals. That way, you can enjoy your family's homemade holiday treats with their "secret recipe" ingredients and traditions with less concern about over-indulging.
💪🏾 If you don't have time for your usual workout, do a quick 10-minute routine. Try doing some squats and jumping jacks (or whatever exercises you choose) before your morning shower; this will go a long way toward keeping up your healthy habits.
😴 Keep up with your sleep and self-care routines; this will help you avoid feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
🛀🏽 Block off some intentional time to unplug, relax, and refocus.